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Tiger Tail Seahorse (Hippocampus comes)

The Tiger Tail Seahorse or Hippocampus comes is often found in pairs, sometimes tails entwined, around coral reefs in the tropical waters of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. This species of Seahorse is related to the Pipefish and Leafy Sea Dragon and are normally yellow and black with the traditional dorsal fins they use to propel themselves. Pectoral fins that are located behind their eyes help them steer in one direction or another. Tiger Tail Seahorse can grow to about 18 cm in maximum length and can live to about 3 years old.
Able to survive in brackish and saltwater this Seahorse will feed on small invertebrates, which it literally sucks though its tubular snout. If you have this type of Seahorse in an aquarium setting and manage to get them to breed, make sure to separate the males after birth or they will eat their own young. The strangest part about this is the fact that the males actually carry the eggs during the pregnancy that lasts as long as four weeks! Check out a this Tiger Tail Seahorse underwater in the video below...

If you have any tips or facts about the Tiger Tail Seahorse please leave them below in the comments...

3 comments:

myra said...

I love this site it so intersting

tpower said...

60 cm in length??? that sounds fishy to me ;-)

1Green Thumb said...

Thanks for pointing that out Tpower... The mistake has been corrected!

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